After years, an infamous dumpster formerly parked on a sidewalk in front of Laurel Apartments has been hauled away.
The trash bin had long riled Loring Park neighborhood leaders. They had hoped to see it gone by Sept. 23 -- the night before a dedication ceremony for the Jeremiah Program, a supportive housing facility for single women located next door to the 1502 Laurel Ave. apartment complex.
They got their wish.
Jim Nordlie with Laurel Apartments had the dumpster removed Sept. 11. The building will now contract with the city for sanitation services, said Ricardo Cervantes, assistant superintendent with the city's Housing Inspections Division.
The city had ordered Nordlie to remove the dumpster by Aug. 28. City officials then met with staff at Laurel Apartments to come up with another plan, Cervantes said.
"They were cooperative," he said.
Six trash cans on rollers now sit alongside the apartment building, leaving the sidewalk unobstructed for walkers.